A WIRRAL lecturer has been awarded prestigious honorary membership of The Institute of Biomedical Science.

Ronald Templeton, a retired biomedical scientist, joined the Institute in 1959 and became a Fellow in 1972.

He specialised in bacteriology at Liverpool Children's Hospital as senior chief Biomedical Scientist and worked overseas as chief technician at Toronto Hospital in Canada.

He was Continuing Professional Development officer for the institute and a senior training tutor and Lecturer at John Moores University in Liverpool, where his collaboration with programme Leader Dr Janice Harland developed a 10-credit module called 'Preparing for Work' which, combined with a one-year placement, led to what is today known as the coterminous/integrated degree used by universities around the UK.

He also was a founding member of the Institute's Microbiology discussion group.

Ron retired in 1995.

Today he is a tutor at the University of Liverpool, treasurer for the Association of the Liverpool Medical School and on the board of Trustees of the Liverpool Medical Students Society.

Outside the classroom, Ron is an authority on World Cup football and contributed to the book A statistical guide to the World Cup, which was released after the 2010 World Cup.

On his honorary membership at the institute, he said: "I am delighted to receive this honorary award from my professional body from which I’ve been a member since 1959.

"I'm absolutely over the moon"".

IBMS President Ian Sturdgess said: "Ron's passion for the field, coupled with his skill and dedication to promoting biomedical science and teaching others have made him an exceptional educator.

"I am delighted to award him Honorary Membership with the IBMS".